The Angels are just finding ways to win games right now. Whether its via a pitchers duel or a slugfest they get it done. Today was a slugfest. Three Angel home runs lead the way as they took the first of four in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The star of the game was Albert Pujols who had four hits and scored three times.
Alberto Callaspo got the scoring started with a solo shot in the second. In the bottom half after a double and groundout, Yunel Escobar drove in Edwin Encarnacion with a groundout. In the bottom of the third, ex-Angel Jeff Mathis hit his fourth homer of the year off his former mates. In the top of the fourth, Pujols doubled and Mark Trumbo hit his 19th homer of the year (#trumboforhrderby). Howard Kendrick walked and Callaspo singled. Erick Aybar bunted them over and Peter Bourjos hit a sac fly. In the bottom half, after two singles, Rajai Davis hit a sac fly. In the top of the fifth after another Pujols double, Kendrick drove him in with a single. In the bottom half, Jose Bautista does what Jose Bautista does; hit homers. He hit his 26th, which was a three run shot, to give them a 6-5 lead. In the top of the sixth, Aybar got the inning started with a bunt single and advancing on an error by pitcher Brett Cecil. Bourjos drove him home with a ground-rule double. After being bunted over, Mike Trout hit his eighth homer of the year. In the bottom of the seventh, Mathis doubled and Brett Lawrie drove him in with a single. In the top of the ninth, Pujols got a single and Trumbo turned on the the jets for a triple to conclude the scoring.
Dan Haren got his sixth win of the year. It wasn’t his best outing, but there have been times when he pitched well enough to win this year and didn’t get it because the offense did nothing. The Angels look to continue to be road warriors as game two of the series has Ervin Santana vs Carlos Villanueva at 7:05 ET 4:05PT